Do it again
(Some of) you did it two days ago for the PS3. Now, it's your chance to do it again for the Wii. Tomorrow morning, GameStop stores will open up preorders for Nintendo's system. While interest in it seems at least as high as for the PS3, there are likely to be many more units on store shelves this fall... so it's less pressing to get in the damn line. Still, if you live in the U.S. and you want one locked down, tomorrow is the day to head to EB Games or GameStop and get it done.
Thursday 12 October 2006
Nintendo has announced an incentive scheme to get Japanese gamers snapping up their Virtual Console classic titles - a free SNES-style Wii controller.
At a retail conference yesterday, it was announced that gamers will be able to purchase pre-paid cards for 1,000, 3,000 and 5,000 Wii Points and, for a limited time - as if living in Japan didn't already get you all the luck as a Nintendo fan - the 5,000-point card will also nab you a Classic Controller.
In Europe the
Virtually ready to play
Eurogamer has a nice little update on the state of Wii's Virtual Console. It seems that Nintendo Japan has confirmed that 30 games from NES, SNES and N64 will hit the system by the end of the year over there, and 30 more will be pulled from the Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx 16 libraries as well... amounting to a total of 60 classics before January 1, 2007. Better yet, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that "Compact Software," or original, downloadable Wii
Say goodbye to this page in, like, two days
Some dude has done something very, very cool - put a playable NES emulator and plenty of games online. vNES, the Virtual Nintendo Entertainment System (with 395 games, the site proclaims) requires only a web browser, keyboard, and Java (the site will clue you in if you don't know what the deal is) and you're off, playing anything from ultra-classic Super Mario Bros. to biblical atrocity Sunday Funday.
Problem: Nintendo is going to smack this one
Over at Next Generation, a list of likely launch games for the Wii has been posted... which contains very few surprises, and a lot of kiddie crap.
While we're not entirely convinced of the truth of the list - which comes from Wedbush Morgan Securities, a bunch of dudes who get paid tons of money to track this stuff - it's not like you've got a better one at the moment,
Tuesday 10 October 2006
If you're looking for a bit of warfare to round out your upcoming Wii purchases, these new Call of Duty 3 shots, available on the images tab above, show that it's maintained the series' feel - if not quite the next-gen visual oomph - on Nintendo's
PS3 reserves = tomorrow
Sleuths over at NeoGAF have sussed out that GameStop/EB Games is opening preorders for the PlayStation 3 tomorrow, when stores open. Want a system? Better hustle over to your local shop before it opens tomorrow. Word on the street is that each store will get eight... but will allow employees to buy two of them. So six it is. Better go to bed early tonight.
Get a 360 for cheap! Or don't! Or do!
Well, if you don't want a PS3...
The Consumerist posted a spiffy deal,
It's hard to imagine a world where seven poorly animated, grisly voiced combatants could stir a nation into a videogame violence feeding frenzy. Since that original Mortal Kombat, we've ripped out hearts, beaten people to death with their own legs and uppercutted punk asses into whirling, toothy blades of steel - and not one game has ever been pulled from the shelves like congress was threatening 13 years ago.
To celebrate this victory in the face of such powerful ignorance, we've compiled
Every Friday, Next Generation prints up This Week in Japan, in which intrepid Tokyo explorer Tim Rogers flips through an issue of popular gaming mag Famitsu and otherwise burbles about the fortunes of the Xbox 360 in Japan and other things. Today's post is particularly nice, though, because it has a picture of the incredibly sweet Blue Dragon faceplate Microsoft is packing in with the limited edition of the game in Japan this December.
We got a new video in
Out of sheer morbid curiosity, we wanted to know what it felt like to post more than 50 new screens of a game that's six months old. So, we've done just that with Rampage: Total Destruction, which hit systems back in April. Why the overboard blast of new images? It's coming to Wii sometime next year. Please, sit back down.
If you're not sure what Rampage is, instead of sitting down, please turn off the computer and walk away. Walk up to anyone else in the world and have them explain Rampage to